Walla Walla man in jail for filing fraudulent tax returns
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A Walla Walla man is in jail, accused of filing fraudulent tax returns to get thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
43-year old Earnest Jay Allen was arrested Tuesday by special agents from the Internal Revenue Service, Walla Walla Police and Special Teams Unit.
Allen and others are suspected of using the names and social security numbers of other people to prepare and submit fraudulent tax returns.
The warrant for Allen's arrest was based on a federal indictment for "making a false claim for an income tax refund" and "conspiracy to defraud the government."
Allen was taken into custody without incident from his rented home at 1502 Truman Street at about 10:15 Tuesday morning.
The federal indictment is based on an investigation that began several years ago.
Police say fraudulent W2 Forms were prepared showing overpayment of taxes. The W2's were submitted with alleged fictitious and fraudulent income tax returns. Refunds in excess of $50,000 were issued due to these returns.
If convicted, Allen faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and/or $250,000 fine.
Allen, who also goes by Jay Earnest Allen, has been arrested numerous times in Walla Walla. He has previous drug convictions for Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000 of a School Bus Stop.